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Apple Kills Chomp for Android (GigaOM)
Apple acquired app discovery service Chomp earlier this year, betting that it would help make app discovery easier and better on its iTunes App Store. The casualty of that acquisition is the Chomp for Android app which seems to have been discontinued. Ars Technica Chomp’s app allows users to search the App Store using a proprietary algorithm to figure out what apps actually do (instead of just using keywords or app names). The app also allows users to see which apps their Facebook or Twitter friends have reviewed, adding a social networking element to the service. MacRumors Apple reportedly paid about $50 million for Chomp, which also had a deal with Verizon to power its Android app search tools. That agreement will presumably be ending as Chomp completes its integration into Apple and focuses all of its attention on iOS. SlashGear Still, beyond the annoyance factor for Android users previously relying on Chomp to ferret out new software, the real interest should come when Apple better integrates the engine into its own store. According to sources speaking when the deal was first revealed, Apple intends to use the technology to dramatically improve the discoverability of new and interesting apps in its increasingly crowded store.

Klouchebag Delivers Stinging Rebuke to Klout, Social Media Obsessives (PCMag), a hilarious rating system launched on Friday that turns the Klout algorithm on its head, issuing stinging rebukes to social media obsessives for such crimes as mangling the English language, begging Twitter followers for retweets and “every useless check-in on Foursquare or its horrible brethren.” AllTwitter It appears, Tom Scott, an apparently all around talented individual (with a funny bone) got annoyed “with the fuss around Klout, the horrible social-game that assigns you a score based on how ‘influential’ you are online.” Betabeat Self-promoter extraordinaire and sex tape starlet Kim Kardashian earns a 75, “Quite Horrible,” guilty on all charges but anger. Investor and Butterfly Effect headliner Ashton Kutcher escapes with a 45, “Mostly Noise,” for abuse of both retweets and English. Oh, and creator Tom Scott’s score? 100, or “Prat of the year.” Someone isn’t happy with the amount of time he wastes on Twitter.

Yahoo Adds Two Patents To Facebook Suit (AllFacebook)
The latest volley in the unpopular patent-infringement lawsuit Yahoo filed against Facebook last month was fired by Yahoo, which claimed in a court filing Friday that it is not infringing on any of Facebook’s patents, along with adding two more of its own patents to the list of those allegedly being violated by the social network. Cnet The two patents that Yahoo added to the suit include one that covers a “system and method to determine the validity of and interaction on a network” and another for a “system and method allowing advertisers to manage search listings in a pay for placement search system using grouping.” The Next Web A Facebook spokesperson gave us the following comment regarding Yahoo’s latest move: “We remain perplexed by Yahoo’s erratic actions. We disagree with these latest claims and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously.”

Two Angry Birds Leaders Leave The Nest To Start Boomlagoon (Exclusive) (VentureBeat)
Antti Stén, the lead server architect for the original Angry Birds, and Tuomas Erikoinen, lead artist, have left Rovio to create a new game studio called Boomlagoon. Gamasutra The pair, based in Helsinki, Finland, is aiming to create “convivial and intriguing games,” although the studio has not yet divulged details of games it is working on.

3 Ways to Visualize Text with Infomous (SocialTimes)
Now that artsy sites like Pinterest and Instagram are reaching critical mass, even writers need a way to make their stories pop. Recently, publishers like The Economist, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly have turned to a text visualization tool called Infomous to give readers a fresh perspective on current events.